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Poster: kochman Date: Apr 10, 2009 4:55pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: More about Jerry's tone: Strings

I think another reason the german army was so good is that it promoted based on experience and skill, rather than just social class (something the other armies hadn't gotten too as well, the US being the closest example). A good, young sergeant became a lieutenant.

This was pretty damn important... that and the germans WERE just naturally militaristic.

Of course, two world wars took most of the fight out of their gene pool.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Apr 10, 2009 7:16pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: More about Jerry's tone: Strings

You're right on; he outlines this quite well--it was a cultural position to aspire to, and they had multiple "west points", etc., etc.

So, they ended up having many well educated folks pursuing it, working into the officer ranks, etc.